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Issue #2265 :: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Top Headlines

Professor Wins Prestigious Award
UC Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez was announced last Friday as the recipient of the 2009 John Bates Clark Medal, an award that is considered to be a predictor of future Nobel Prize winners.

Professor Yoo May Face Criminal Investigation
UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo may face a criminal investigation surrounding legal advice he gave during his time in the Bush administration.

Talking About the Role of Young Voters
The technology, the media and President Barack Obama were all considered as possible motivators for youth involvement in politics by panelists yesterday in a forum sponsored by the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service.

Finance Committee Struggles To Balance Preliminary Budget
A preliminary budget for 2009-10 that included across-the-board cuts to student group funding went before the ASUC Finance Committee last night.

News

Space Tornado Produces Colorful Skies
UC Berkeley scientists and international researchers have discovered that the colorful night sky phenomena called the Northern and Southern Lights are generated by a swirling space tornado.

Talking About the Role of Young Voters
The technology, the media and President Barack Obama were all considered as possible motivators for youth involvement in politics by panelists yesterday in a forum sponsored by the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service.

Professor Wins Prestigious Award
UC Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez was announced last Friday as the recipient of the 2009 John Bates Clark Medal, an award that is considered to be a predictor of future Nobel Prize winners.

Professor Yoo May Face Criminal Investigation
UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo may face a criminal investigation surrounding legal advice he gave during his time in the Bush administration.

Safeway Set to Release Plans for Local Store
Safeway will reveal plans Wednesday to either renovate or rebuild its College Avenue store, which is located in North Oakland and borders Berkeley.

ASUC Elections Results Will Remain Unchanged
The ASUC Judicial Council ruled Monday afternoon that the dropping of senatorial candidate Arya Shirazi should not lead to a recalculation of elections results.

Finance Committee Struggles To Balance Preliminary Budget
A preliminary budget for 2009-10 that included across-the-board cuts to student group funding went before the ASUC Finance Committee last night.

Students Worried by Swine Flu Outbreak
Despite her worries about the recent outbreak of the swine flu in Mexico, UC Berkeley senior Leticia Corona said she still plans to study abroad in the country this summer.

UCPD Arrests Man for Alleged People's Park Assault
UCPD arrested a man who allegedly assaulted two victims using a hockey stick and a large rock at People's Park Saturday afternoon.

Berkeley High Changes Price of Additional Graduation Tickets
While Berkeley High School families will still get two free tickets to the school's graduation in June, additional tickets will be more expensive.


Sports

More Than Meets the Eye
If Apollo was a baseball player, he'd be Brett Jackson.

Musings of a Moose Podcast
I remember back in 2007, I was watching the Cal-Oregon football game (you know, the one where Marcus Ezeff used his noggin). At one point, Ducks quarterback Dennis Dixon took off up the middle. With the defense in sight, Dixon threw a dirty juke that left one Cal player grasping for air.

Bears Back in Action After 'Mental Break'
After losing two out of three to No. 2-ranked Arizona State over the weekend, the Cal baseball team had Monday off-in the words of designated hitter Blake Smith-to take a mental break.

Cal in Sixth After Day One of Pac-10 Championships
Prior to this week's Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships, Cal coach Steve Desimone expressed concern that the Bears could potentially struggle in their first round due to their lack of familiarity with the tournament course-the 109-year-old Seattle Golf Club.


Opinion

Shuttle Shuffle
When dealing with virtually any difficult budgetary situation, it's important to remember that you can't make everyone happy. However, with the campus facing a $60 to 70 million funding gap, unfortunately, something's gotta give and the proposal to overhaul the campus night shuttle system is one of the best available options.

The Yoo Question
In a university setting, especially in a place like Berkeley, students and community members pride themselves on being tolerant and accepting of a wide variety of lifestyles, ideas and opinions. However, with the continuing case of Boalt Hall Law Professor John Yoo's "torture memos" dotting the pages of nation's top newspapers, the line between academic freedom and legitimate ethical concerns has become increasingly blurred.

Words Not Waterboarding
I served in the US Army as an interrogator. Given the renewed public interest in President Barack Obama's release of the "torture memos" I felt I had to make known certain aspects of my former trade. As interrogators we were trained, quite extensively in methods, humane methods, of getting into a "source's" brain that would guide them towards answering our questions accurately and quickly. The "approach phase" of the interrogation, as the initial stage is called, is very important and, if done successfully, it will align the interrogator (in the mind of the source) with the source as a friend or benefactor. The source then does answer questions, generally, with a good deal of accuracy. Occasionally a reinforcement of the approach that "broke" the source is required to keep him or her answering our questions. While this phase of the interrogation is stressful for both source and interrogator it's far from what anyone could perceive as torture or duress. We were trained by army interrogators who had actual experience interrogating prisoners of war in Vietnam as well as defectors from behind the iron curtain. Every interrogator with experience emphasized the use of words and language as our primary tools in convincing the source to give us reliable and accurate information; information that any military leader will tell you is highly valuable on the battlefield.

Political Parties Hamper ASUC
As Student Action and CalSERVE argue about whether or not it's right to allow late drops, a more fundamental question arises. Why does a student government need political parties in the first place? The very fact that Student Action and CalSERVE exist has caused countless problems and ultimately hurt the students on this campus.

UC Berkeley Should Sever Ties with John Yoo
The recent release of the Office of Legal Counsel torture memos should remind us all that as we agitate for the accountability these heinous acts require, a major criminal continues to make UC Berkeley his professional castle.

Make the Switch to an On-Call Shuttle Service
I support the change in operation for the Bear Transit and night shuttle services. They chronically run on unpredictable schedules, causing me to wait longer than it would have taken to walk to my destination.

Berkeley Lab's Role in the Transit Rearrangement
I would like to clarify information included in the Daily Cal article "Campus Buses, Night Shuttles May Be Given Up to AC Transit" that ran on April 20.

The Lover's Dilemma
After a couple of serious relationships, monogamy became a constricting box that shut off the world around me. Society told me I should be comfortable giving up things like flirting and dancing with other guys if I truly cared about someone, but I always felt like I was losing a piece of myself in the process. I never viewed my sexuality as being defined in relation to a particular person-it was something that I owned and no one else did. So, in my serious relationships, I would battle for it, never wanting to let my significant other control it or possess it in any way.

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